How Do I Maintain Imprinted Concrete?

Concrete is such a versatile material not just because of its cost-effectiveness and durability, but because of the myriad ways it can be aesthetically altered. If you know what you’re doing, concrete can be made to look like almost anything. One of the most common, and most effective, ways to change the look of concrete is to stamp it. However, imprinted concrete needs to be cared for in a specific way. These are the most effective ways to maintain your imprinted concrete surfaces. 

 

Seal

Concrete is an incredibly durable material unto itself, but it can absolutely benefit from some extra protection. This is particularly true when it comes to concrete that is outside and exposed to the elements. That’s why it’s so important to seal your concrete before it’s finished setting. 

 

There are all kinds of different types of sealants out there. Each type of seal provides some protection, but also changes the aesthetic of the concrete in a unique way. Acrylic  sealers tend to add a high gloss shine and enhance the color of the concrete that it’s applied to. Acrylic seals are generally considered to be the most aesthetically pleasing, which makes them a great choice for imprinted concrete. 

 

Upkeep

One of the main issues with maintaining imprinted concrete is poor upkeep. By its very nature, imprinted concrete has more nooks and crannies that can get clogged up. That’s why it’s so important to regularly sweep and wash your imprinted concrete surfaces. The cleaner you can keep that surface, the longer it will last. 

 

Salts

If you live in an area that gets cold during the winter, you may find yourself tempted to salt some of your concrete surfaces. If your concrete surface is imprinted, you really want to avoid putting any kind of deicing salts on the surface. Those salts will break down ice and snow, but they will also cause your concrete to deteriorate much more quickly. 

 

If you have to deice your imprinted concrete surface, do that with the understanding that you are going to have to reseal that surface more often than you would if you abstained from salt. 

 

Imprinted concrete can be so impressive that many people don’t even realize that it’s concrete. However, that beauty comes at the cost of a little bit more upkeep. If you take the time to care for your imprinted-concrete surfaces they can last for decades

 

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